November 01, 2012
Last year, Leon went to Desert Mission Food Bank with no money or hope.
He had been laid off from his job, and he wondered how he would put food on the table, much less give Christmas presents to his family with young children.
The Food Bank helped provide meals, and then a miracle happened, Leon said. They gave his family Christmas.
"They took me underneath their wings and lifted my heart," he said. "I'm not a perfect man, but they respected me. They were really, really great. I couldn't do it by myself. Now, I'm going to start crying."
The children received clothing, shoes and toys. The parents received gift baskets and gift cards to Fry's and Ross.
"I bought the shoes I'm wearing right now," said Leon, who grew up in foster homes. "My youngest daughter is still wearing the same boots my oldest daughter had as a present."
The Special Day
"It was about 4:30 in the morning, and they were asking me to open presents," he said. "It was awesome watching my beautiful kids open those presents. I wish I had somebody to hug and tell thank you. I really appreciate it."
Last year, more than 250 families like Leon's were helped through the Holiday Adopt a Family program at Desert Mission.
Here's how you can make a difference this year:
- Adopt a family, then shop, wrap the presents and deliver gifts.
- Make a monetary donation. Let us do the shopping and visit JCL.com/adoptafamily and select Holiday Programs from the menu.
For more information or to sign up to help, contact Mallory Lebovitz at mallory.lebovitz@JCL.com or 602-331-7856.
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